Melissa Bishop, LCSW, MPH – Ms Bishop has been practicing sense graduating undergrad with her BSW in 1999, additionally earning a BA in Religion and minor in psychology from Meredith College. Initially working in Child Protection in London England. Melissa has been working in the Greater New Orleans area sense completing a Masters of Social Work and Public Health in International Health and Development from Tulane in 2003. She has worked as a Case Manager in various capacities over almost two decades educating, advocating for, supporting and connecting people to suitable support, treatment and resources.
Julia Buckner, PhD - Julia Buckner received her Ph.D. in 2008 from Florida State University. After completing her Clinical Internship at the Yale University School of Medicine (Substance Abuse Division), she joined the Clinical Psychology Program at LSU. Julia Buckner is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at LSU and the Director of LSU’s Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Laboratory & Clinic. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at LSU-Health Sciences Center and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Buckner’s program of research primarily focuses on: (1) delineation of causal and maintaining factors implicated in anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring anxiety-substance use disorders; and (2) development and evaluation of empirically-informed treatment and prevention protocols for anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring anxiety-substance use disorders. Dr. Buckner has had over 130 publications. These works primarily concern anxiety, substance abuse, and the co-occurrence of anxiety and substance abuse. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and she has received several awards for this work from organizations such as the American Psychological Association, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Addictive Behaviors & Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Groups.
Maria Cicio, MS, LPC – Maria served in the USAF from 2004 through 2011 where she deployed in support of OEF. Upon separation from military service, she enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans where she completed her Master of Science in Counseling degree. She spent two and a half years working in a community mental health clinic in rural Oklahoma before returning to southeast Louisiana in May 2018 to join the Baton Rouge Vet Center. Much of her research, study, and professional training has focused on the treatment of emotional dysregulation, post-traumatic stress, and sexual trauma using mindfulness-based treatment modalities and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
William “Beau” Clark, M.D., FACEP, D-ABMDI - Dr. William “Beau” Clark is a native of Baton Rouge and graduated from St. Michael the Archangel High School. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University where he received his Bachelor of Science. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine in Baton Rouge. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Clark was elected East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner in November, 2011 and continues to practice emergency medicine in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Dr. Clark has served as Medical Director for the Louisiana State Police SWAT Team, Louisiana House of Representatives, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. Dr. Clark has been certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.
Kathleen A. Crapanzano, M.D. - is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry with Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC), Department of Psychiatry, and program director of the LSU-Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Psychiatry Residency program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She obtained her MD from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans; did her psychiatric training at the Medical College of Georgia and recently completed her Masters in Academic Medicine from the University of Southern California. She previously served as the medical director of the Louisiana Office of Mental Health in the challenging years after Hurricane Katrina. Her clinical interests include the treatment of persons with chronic mental illness and the design of systems of care to better meet their complex needs. Her research interests are in issues of professionalism in the education of residents and medical students, particularly as it relates to stigma and empathy.
Charles Freed, MD - Dr. Charles Freed is the Vice President for New Directions Behavioral Health and the southern regional medical director. He provides medical oversight for the company's clinical and quality activities. He recently served as senior medical director for Optum Behavioral Health. Dr. Charles Freed is a psychiatrist in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Jarrod Hegwood, LPC – Mr. Hegwood has been working in the mental health field in the Baton Rouge area for the last 5 years. A 1995 graduate of Walker High School, he went on to receive his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre from William Carey College, and then his Masters of Divinity in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has worked with adolescents for more than two decades in a variety of capacities. He is an adjunct professor of psychology in a local prison undergraduate program.
Gerald Heintz, M.D. - Dr. Gerald Heintz is a psychiatrist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is affiliated with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 14 doctors at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center who specialize in Psychiatry.
Lauren Crapanzano Jumonville - Lauren is Director of Civic Leadership Initiatives for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Her department’s current projects include enhancing autism services across Louisiana, implementing a master plan for the Baton Rouge lakes, and a comprehensive project to support alternative transportation across Baton Rouge and South Louisiana. She joined the Foundation in summer 2014 as a project manager after graduating from LSU with an MBA, specializing in social entrepreneurship, a movement that is rising in the field of philanthropy. Lauren earned her bachelor of arts from Brown University, where she studied human biology with a focus on the brain and behavior. She first worked at the Foundation as an intern in summer 2013.
Jan Kasofsky, PhD - Executive Director, Capital Area Human Services
DR. JAN KASOFSKY has over 27 years of healthcare administration experience as a senior administrator. She has been the Executive Director of the Capital Area Human Services District (CAHSD) for the past 20 years. She currently leads this $26-$30M, seven parish, quasi-governmental agency, providing directly, or contracting for, community-based mental health, addictive disorders, and developmental disabilities programs serving 14,000+ individuals annually. CAHS provides CARF accredited outpatient and residential treatment services to address the most critical/greatest needs for individual and population health. Some of her most innovative programmatic work includes trauma treatment and crisis services, gender specific responses to addiction, pre-natal substance use screening and brief intervention in obstetrical offices and clinics, school-based therapy in over 30 schools, jail/prison in-reach/reentry services, specific programs to prevent re-arrest for justice-involved individuals, clinical rotations for nursing students and medical residents, whole health/integrated behavioral and physical health integration in a variety of settings, an autism program for 2-5 year olds, community-wide disaster management for special populations, and specialized training for law enforcement to support public safety. She has served as a critical incident commander in response to natural disasters occurring in the Greater Baton Rouge Area for over 12 years. Dr. Kasofsky is a leader in innovative approaches to community problems involving behavioral health and needs of persons with developmental disabilities.
Kathy Kliebert – BRidge Center Board Chair, Kathy Kliebert currently serves as the representative of the Louisiana Medicaid Managed Care Organization Association providing legislative and consulting services for the five Medicaid health plans in Louisiana. Prior to this role she served as Secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals from March 2013 to January 2016 after a long-term career in public service in Louisiana. She was been a leader in the Department for more than 28 years, where she led efforts to promote independent living for individuals with developmental disabilities and transform behavioral health care services for hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Kliebert served as the Department’s Deputy Secretary, where she provided leadership to the agency’s program offices, including the Offices for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Health, Public Health, and Aging and Adult Services.
Traci Lilley, MSW, LCSW - Traci Lilley received her BSW in 1990 from Louisiana College in Pineville, LA and her MSW in 1995 from Louisiana State University. She began her career at LSU in 1996 as Assistant Director of Field Education. She was promoted to Director of Field Education in 2002, and has served as Assistant Dean of Field Education from 2005-2012. Her role changed to Associate Director of the School and Director of Field Internships in August 2012 when the School became a part of the College of Human Services and Education. Ms. Lilley has been recognized by students, colleagues and community partners through the years as Louisiana Social Worker of the Year, LSU Outstanding Staff Award and Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Ms. Lilley is a frequent guest lecturer locally and nationally on a wide range of social work topics with special focus on ethics, gatekeeping and social work retention. Prior to her tenure at LSU, Ms. Lilley worked in the area of mental health and family services. Her continued areas of practice are mental health issues, family issues, parenting education, and advanced social work supervision.
Hillar Moore, BS, JD
Hillar was born in New Orleans, La. in 1954. He is the son of Mr. Hillar Moore, Jr. and the late Bernadine Moore. He is the third of seven children. Hillar moved to Baton Rouge after graduating high school at Brother Martin, in New Orleans. Hillar completed his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at LSU in Baton Rouge. After graduating, Hillar worked as an investigator for the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office, where he collected evidence and surveyed crime scenes. Hillar received training from the FBI Academy in Quantico.
While working as an investigator, Hillar attended and graduated from Southern University Law School where he finished Magna Cum Laude in his class--quite an accomplishment while juggling work, law school and family. Following graduation, he began working in private law practice and has maintained this practice for the past fifteen years. Hillar has three children-- Hayden, Hillar IV, and John Michael.
Hillar is a member of St. Aloysius Parish and remains active in helping the church and coaching youth baseball. Additionally, he devotes his time working as a member of the Catholic High Men's Club.
Hillar's experience working in private law practice, coupled with his time working in the District Attorney's office provides him with a unique perspective of our legal system. He plans to bring new and innovative ideas to the DA's office, while reaching out to community leaders. Hillar will use a tireless work ethic and valuable experience, to serve East Baton Rouge Parish. Hillar is known and respected throughout the community, maintaining the highest Martindale Hubble rating of "AV" for an attorney.
Glenda Natale, RN – Divisional Clinical Psychiatric Educator II at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center - BS Communication 197 , Univ. of Southern Miss.
LSU, Grad.work in Speech and Theatre 1976. Ms. Natale earned her BSN , Nursing, 1998, Southeastern La. University and her MSN, Nursing/Educator, 2010, SLU. She was published her article Reconnecting To Nursing Through Reiki on 12/10 in the Creative Nursing Journal.
John Pickering, PhD - John Pickering, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologists who has been studying and practicing Zen Buddhism for over 40 years. In the early 1990s, he co-founded with Dr. Gary Pettigrew, a small zen meditation and study group in Baton Rouge, which has now met weekly for over 25 years, and in 2002 he was a founding member of the Friday night English-speaking meditation group at the Tam Bao Buddhist Temple. He received his Ph.D. from LSU in 1979, and has lived and worked in Baton Rouge for the past 30 years, where he maintained a part-time private practice and worked for many years as a psychologist for the state of Louisiana. He often employed mindfulness-informed therapeutic techniques in his clinical work, and has been providing seminars and workshops on mindfulness and meditation to health care and mental health professionals of diverse disciplines for nearly two decades. He has been a member of the Clinical Training Committee for the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium (which is associated with LSU) for 20 years, and was a Clinical Assistant Professor with the LSU Health Sciences Center for the past 5 years, teaching for the LSU-Our Lady of the Lake Psychiatric Residency Program. He recently retired to indulge his artistic interests of long-standing.
Thay Dao Quang, M.Ed - Thay Dao Quang is a zen-trained Buddhist monk who was born and raised in central Vietnam and entered the Buddhist monastery in Long Thanh, Vietnam in 1991. When he immigrated to the U.S. in 1994, he spoke no English, and enrolled in college to improve his English and to pursue another passion, the study of psychology. He earned a B.S. degree in psychology from
Georgia State University in 2001, and enrolled in the Psy.D. program at Argosy University, Atlanta, but later had to temporarily discontinue his studies. In 2003, Thay became the resident monk at the Tam Bao Buddhist temple in Baton Rouge, where he became Abbot in 2005. One of the requirements of his spiritual agreement as Abbot was the continuation of his education, and in 2007 he was awarded an M.Ed. degree in Community Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University. He thereafter enrolled in Walden College, receiving his Ph.D. degree in Health Psychology in 2017. He has been a committed teacher of mindfulness for over two
decades, to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, and has provided numerous meditation retreats for both the Vietnamese and English-speaking communities. Thay Dao Quang enjoys his duties, work and studies.
Terri Schaffner, LPC-S, LAC, CCS, NCC – Terri Schaffner is the CEO of Active Recovery Intensive Outpatient treatment centers in three locations, Shreveport, Bossier City and Minden. She has developed the Ten Core Concepts of Active Recovery, using Empathy, Spirituality, Communication, Integrity, Gratitude and more to change the NEUROPATHWAYS of her clients, with much success. "Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life" is the motto of Active Recovery, and her clients develop daily Gratitude Journals in addition to their workbooks, which were also created by her. Terri currently has 22 employees and is actively seeking new locations for her IOP's.
William M. Schmitz Jr., Psy.D. - Dr. Schmitz is the Clinical Psychologist for the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) in Baton Rouge. His key responsibilities include conducting compensation & pension examinations, providing short- and long-term individual psychotherapy , providing psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological testing of patients for diagnostic clarification, provide treatment recommendations, compensation & pension determinations, bariatric surgery evaluations, and suitability for transplant operations, consultanting to SLVHCS staff and the VISN regarding suicide and risk assessment cases and providing supervision/mentorship to practicum students. Dr. Schmitz earned his Masters and Doctorate from Baylor University.
Rudy L. Troyer, LCSW - CEO & Administrator
Rudy has worked in the addiction and mental health field since 1997. He received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in December of 2000. He then earned a Master of Social Work Degree in May of 2003 from Louisiana State University. Rudy has been in private practice since 2007 specializing in Christian counseling, addictions counseling, anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorder, trauma work, family of origin work, and family intervention.
In 2010, Rudy partnered with Marcia Bannister to found The Recovery Center of Baton Rouge, LLC. He currently serves as the Chief Officer and also provides group and individual therapy at The Recovery Center. Rudy leads a Bible Study open to patients and families every Monday at 4:00pm. Outside of work, Rudy enjoys fishing, spending time with his wife and family, gardening, reading, and sports. He is also an active member at Crossgate Church in Robert, LA and involved in the Gideons International ministry.
Dr. Ray Tucker – Dr. Tucker conducts research in the field of suicide prevention with a specific focus on novel contributors to suicide risk and historical and current cultural factors that influence suicide risk and resilience in underrepresented populations (e.g., transgender veterans and ethnic/racial minority adults). Students can assist in multiple phases of this research, including literature searches, participant recruitment, survey and experiment development, statistical analysis, and dissemination (research posters and publications). Dr. Tucker’s research program is also active in online awareness campaigns.
L. Lee Tynes, MD, PhD - Dr. Tynes received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from LSU in Baton Rouge, LA, and completed a psychology internship and fellowship at McLean Hospital in Boston. He then earned his M.D. degree from LSU Medical School and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, a program he helped establish. He later served as its Program Director for twelve years. Currently, Dr Tynes is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane and serves as the Associate Program Director for the LSU/OLOL Psychiatry Residency Program at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge where he is the Medical Director for the Mental and Behavioral Health Service Line. He has published over 40 papers, abstracts, and book chapters dealing with an array of topics related to both internal medicine and psychiatry. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.
Angela Nichols-Young, PhD – Dr. Nichols-Young of Lake Providence, has been was recently selected for inclusion in the upcoming Trademark Women of Distinction 2018 Honors for demonstrating dedication and professional excellence. She is CEO of Healthy Minds Counseling Agency and the House of Hope for Boys in Bastrop. Dr. Nichols-Young received her Masters Degree as a Study Counselor in Education and School Counseling and Guidance Services. She received her Doctorate in Philosophy from Jackson State University.
The Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge (MHA) has been in operation since 1954 when it began as an organization promoting advocacy and education on mental illness and related issues. MHA has grown to include programs for adults with severe and persistent mental illness and individuals suffering from substance addictions in the Greater Baton Rouge area and statewide. www.mhagbr.com
Established in Baton Rouge in 1921, Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge now serves a nineteen (19) parish area. Our vision is to engage the energy and spirit of the people of South Louisiana, to care for our neighbors who need help today, and to build healthier, more compassionate communities for tomorrow. www.voagbr.org